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Table of Contents Vision Statement ..... Cherokee Legend ..... Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation ..... Scholarships ..... Calendar ..... Consecration Address: Sword & Trowel Council No. 65 Metaphorically Speaking ..... Brethren: each of you make Masonry Great!!! ..... Contact Information ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers ..... Battalion & Belles ..... East Bay York Rite Bulletin Battalion and Bells Bulletin

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Cherokee Legend Companions, Here is a Cherokee Legend I received from our Companions in Sonora Council No. 5. An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” This is a short but meaningful story, not unlike how our ritual is presented to us. In today’s world, we still face great evils, and some actions that are not as recognizable as evil. With Masonic teachings and study we learn how to better combat these evils. How we treat each other is a start. We need to help each other study the ritual and do our best to live as Masonry and follow what our Supreme Being teaches. This is how we should present ourselves to the world, leading by example. When we present Masons in this manner, Good men will want to join us. Peace and harmony in our Councils will also create and atmosphere where our companions will be willing to come because it will be the sanctuary it was intended to be. If we remember that Temple is Greek “for a place to find our way” we can find the best direction to go. Keeping Masonry alive, especial in our heart and lives, can honesty change the world. As leaders we need treat each other with respect and as Masons and to give our members an example to live by. New members need to see that the teachings of Masonry continue and add to what we learned in the Blue Lodges. I call on all York Rite Masons to reevaluate how we treat each other and how we present ourselves to others. It is up to all York Rite Masons to save Masonry for the future. Hope to see all ya’ll soon. God Bless, William E. Price KYGCH Most Illustrious Grand Master

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Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Our Charity (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation) can really use your support with Dollars. Please send all donations to me, so that I may process the proper receipts and mail all donations to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation in Nashville, Indiana. Please take a few minutes and think about our charity. Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, MIPGM Chairman, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (California) 345 Otono Court Camarillo, CA 93012-6822

Scholarships Companions, your children, grandchildren, & for some, great-grandchildren may receive financial help for attending school. After opening up Scholarship Center website, have them go to bottom of page & find the Scholarship Manual in (PDF format – 450KB) to download. There they will find instructions for filling out the forms. This is the link which will take you to the public Grand Lodge web page on scholarships. All the information you need should be right there. This is a complete manual that you can download that talk about all of the scholarships available from the California Masonic Foundation as well as the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, High Twelve, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, & Rainbow for Girls.

Calendar Ancient Craft Masons: Blue Lodges commence their era with creation of the world, Anno Lucis (A.L.) "in the year of Light". Add 4000 years to common time thus: 2016 + 4000 = 6016. York Rite: 

Royal Arch Masons: date their calendar from year of the Second Temple which was commenced by Zerubbabel, calling it Anno Inventionis (A.Inv.), "In the year of Discovery". Add 530 years to current calendar date: 2016 + 530 = 2546.

Royal and Select Masters: Cryptic Masons dates their era from the year in which the Temple of Solomon was completed, calling it Anno Depositions (A.Dep.), "In the year of Deposit". Add 1000 years to current calendar date: 2016 + 1000 = 3016.

Knights Templar: commences their era with organization of their Order, calling it Anno Ordinis (A.O.) "In the year of the Order". Subtract 1118 from current calendar date: 2016 1118 = 898.

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Consecration Address: Sword & Trowel Council No. 65 27th August 2016 San Francisco Most Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Officers, Ladies and Companions On behalf of Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 I extend our sincere thanks to you and your Officers for the ceremony of Constitution and Installation. We also acknowledge that you, your Grand Recorder, three Past Illustrious Grand Masters, Grand Orator, Grand Musician, Grand Soloist and a Past Grand Master of California are also members of Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 of Cryptic Masons. We are indeed honored by such support. My thanks to of M.I. Past Grand Masters Williamson, Chesebro and MacDonald for their encouragement during the period this Council was being formed and to the members of this Council who have stepped up to assume roles as Officers and members. My appreciation and gratitude to another member of Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 M. I. Companion Kenneth Hope For his help and generous donation of the splendid Aprons worn by the Officers a thank you from the bottom of my heart goes to Most Illustrious Companion Kenneth Hope, HPIGM, Grand Recorder. Finally, my thanks to all present for your attendance at this historic event. Most Illustrious, Sir, I return the gavel of the Grand Council to your capable hands. Microcosm and Macrocosm ‘W. L. Wilmshurst states: ‘Masonry is a veiled and cryptic expression of the difficult science of spiritual life.’ The Lodge is a Macrocosm of the world in which we live and described Masonically as a ‘parallelopipedon in length from East to West, in breadth between North to South, in depth from the surface of the earth to the center and even as high as the heavens.’ Within the Lodge the individual is the Microcosm also symbolically describe as a reciprocal smaller space within the Lodge: Dug ‘from the center - three feet East and West (6’), three feet North and South (3) and five feet in depth(5)’. [6 x 3 x 5 = 90 sq. ft. Numerological reduction is 9 + 0 = 9. A symbolic number in both Royal Arch and Cryptic Masonry.] Craft Masonry affords all the Moral lessons to make a good man better and presents Spirituality through the ‘Supreme Intelligence’ which pervades all nature and will never, never, never die. However, it does not provide a path or guidelines to the celestial place of the Great Architect. The Royal Arch Chapter and Cryptic Council provides that path and symbolically explore the surface, length and depth of the Microcosm of our psyche. In Royal Arch Masonry, veils representing the four elements: Air (Blue), Water (purple), Fire (Red) and Earth (white) create a superficial ‘Rite of Passage’ through the Material World. Beyond the white veil lies the Sanctuary where tools are presented to dig among the rubbish and explore the depth of the Microcosm. Removing the rubbish and entering deep into inner self is symbolic of introspection of the psyche. The superficial rubbish is discarded. The discovery of a sacred casket represents the human essence - Id or Ego. From the casket (our inner soul) we discovered the Book of the law – FAITH; the Pot of Manna – CHARITY and Aaron’s rod - HOPE. These three Theological Virtues are the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason and are carried through the Material World before they are placed in the Sanctuary on a pedestal so that it does not touch the ground. Thus, deep in the Soul is discovered Spirituality and placed where a connectivity with Deity can be attained. Cryptic Masonry exploration of the Microcosm is not just restricted to depth but the horizontal path of that space from West to East. A re-examination of Faith is represented by a beautiful piece of work. The delta is a symbol of the triune aspect of Deity that holds a sacred hallowed place within our very being. The symbolic Sword & Trowel

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perambulation past the Four Cardinal Virtues situated in the four corners and the most beautiful soliloquy in all of Freemasonry explores mortality. It provides Hope of an eternal life hereafter and that our integrity will go with us to be buried there! The Cherubim’s represent the guardian against evil intrusion while we make our devotions to Deity. They also allow passage from the world of Formation to the worlds of Creation and Spirituality where we are presented as suitable to discover truth. The challenge and eventual passage along the horizontal path from West to East by way of Arches is symbolic of the triple essence of Deity as represented by the number Nine. It is the final ‘Rite of Passage’ that leads to perfection and deification through a mystical experience. This ‘Rite of Passage’ through the white veil is a re-examination of Faith, Hope and Charity, the Grand Omnific Word that completes the Circle of Perfection. Thus the exploration of the individual psyche as represented by the Microcosm (space of nine) as represented in the Craft is completed superficially, in depth and horizontally in the Cryptic Council and completes the Ancient Craft. ‘Ultimate Truth can only be discovered when we pass the final veil and enter the presence of Him, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ Wilmshurst states ‘Spiritual qualities ………… the ability to understand the Masonic system and reduce its implications into personal experience rather than the perfunctory conference of rites, are the desiderata of the Craft today.’ By looking beyond, the obvious moral symbolism of Masonry, we discover depths that enrich our Masonic experience. Edgar W, Fentum P.G.H.P., K.Y.G.C.H. Illustrious Master Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 30 August 2016

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Metaphorically Speaking We should not have to motivate any member to attend a Chapter Convocation, Council Assembly, and/or Commandery Conclave or to progress or participate in degrees. That shouldn't even be the issue. If you don't attend, why did you join? If you don't recognize anyone because you very seldom attend how do you call them Companions or Sir Knights? Keep our standards high as they always have been. We are not a club. It is and should be an honor to all of us to be part of this ancient and honorable Fraternity. Short Talk Bulletin (The Masonic Service Association of North America). The 3-legged Stool by C. Michael Watson, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Ohio Many paragraphs were enhanced, shorted where possible, reworded, and where possible by substituting “lodge” with “Modesto York Rite Family”

My grandfather had a few head of milking cows on his farm. I can recall going out to the barn with him on occasion and watching him milk them by hand. He had this milking stool he would pull up alongside the cow, put the milk can under the cow, sit down on the stool and begin to milk the cow. This stool was a “3-legged stool.” A three-legged stool is a wonder of physics. It is more stable than a four-legged stool and can sit stably on an uneven surface, as the ends of the three legs are always in the same geometric plan – hence, the probable reason it became so popular among dairy farmers. Most stools have legs that are angled slightly outward. This creates friction in three opposing directions, which adds to the stability. A well designed three-legged stool also positions each of the legs equidistant from each of the other two legs, creating a perfect triangle. The stool will become increasingly less stable if one leg is pulled closer to another, as it changes the weight distribution and the inherent balance and tension among the legs that created the stability. Let’s now completely switch our attention to York Rite. Instead of addressing the possible faults let’s look at the characteristics of a good York Rite Family. Take a moment and reflect on the York Rite bodies with which you are familiar. I’m certain that everyone can point out a “York Rite Family” that they consider successful. In my opinion, a York Rite Family that appears to be working successfully has three main characteristics;   

it has good visibility within the community; has programs for its members; and it seems to do well with ritualist work.

Metaphorically speaking, it can be said that the York Rite Family is supported by a “3 Legged Stool.” Each leg of the stool represents one of the three essential elements needed to be successful. I will even go so far as to say that if a York Rite Family, at its Convocation, Assembly, Conclave, is not talking or doing something pertaining to each of these three legs, then it really is no longer functioning; it is either dead or dying a slow death. It is not the intent of this message to go into great detail with examples of things that might fall into each category, or leg of the stool. We might consider scheduling meetings to brainstorm or come up with subjects relative to their specific environment for each category. Upon completion? of a School of Instruction we can come together for a few minutes and discuss. Examples: (form a liaison with the local Blue Lodge, work together)        

A Night with the Clergy; Wives and Widows Night; Father Son/Daughter Program; Recognition of Local Fire, Police and First Responders; Recognition of School Team/Scholastic Achievement; Visitation to a Church; Anniversary/Charter Night, Assisting the Homeless, etc.

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All that it takes is some willingness & enthusiasm to build the legs of our Stool. And I have not even mentioned the seat of Stool or Communications. The best laid plans, programs, & events are doomed to failure without effective communication. To test the validity of the metaphor with the 3-Legged Stool, let’s begin a small review of the population of membership of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California. As we review just the population, let’s think about each leg & seat: Community, Activities for Members, Ritual, and Communication. 1940 – 17,538 1941 – 17,213 1942 – 16,909 1943 – 16,055 1944 – 17,399 1945 – 18,872 1946 – 20,583 1947 – 22,342 1948 – 23,931 1949 – 25,330

1950 – 26,370 1951 – 27,313 1952 – 28,021 1953 – 29,220 1954 – 31,786 1955 – 32,645 1956 – 33,161 1957 – 33,392 1958 – 33,979 1959 – 34,362

1960 – 34,817 1961 – 34,785 1962 – 34,695 1963 – 34,391 1964 – 33,874 1965 – 33,321 1966 – 32,452 1967 – 31,534 1968 – 30,797 1969 – 29,957

1970 – 28,963 1971 – 27,775 1972 – 26,843 1973 – 26,009 1974 – 25,058 1975 – 24,458 1976 – 23,736 1977 – 23,050 1978 – 22,385 1979 – 21,673

1980 – 21,023 1981 – 20,297 1982 – 19,631 1983 – 18,942 1984 – 18,356 1985 – 17,814 1986 – 16,998 1987 – 16,333 1988 – 15,565 1989 – 14,529

1990 – 13,825 1991 – 13,100 1992 – 12,386 1993 – 11,747 1994 – 11,075 1995 – 10,349 1996 – 9,803 1997 – 9,267 1998 – 8,953 1999 – 8,667 2015 – 4,367

The Grand Chapter in 1960 consisted of 34,817, 1970 had 28,963, 1980 had 21,023, 1990 consisted of 13,825, 2000 we had 8,105, 2010 we had 5,043 and in the year of our Lord 2015 we have 4,367 and by the year 2020 we will have?

What happened? The bulletin stated many Lodges focused only on the ritualistic aspect. They neglected the other two legs of the Stool. What did we (York Rite) do with the legs of the Stool? Currently, many York Rite Bodies have neglected all of the legs and the seat also. Observances: 1. Many York Rite Bodies do not communicate: a. Of the fifty four York Rite Bodies currently listed on our web site, i. Only ten communicate with any regularity and ii. Only one mails birthday cards. 2. Many York Rite Bodies cannot do degrees, we use festivals and festivals are few and far between. a. How can we ask a candidate to travel sometimes 100 plus miles to a festival? 3. Some York Rite Bodies cannot open without using a book 4. Some Dias Officer do not qualify for the position in which they were elected 5. Many York Rite Bodies, when they hold meetings have minimum participation 6. Inspectors: a. Blue lodge Inspectors holds Officer Practice (multiple lodges) monthly b. York Rite Inspectors holds Officer Practice i. Monthly? ii. Quarterly? iii. Yearly? iv. None. (None) I would submit that this is exactly what we are seeing, with very few exceptions, throughout York Rite today. To implement an effective 3-legged stool, whereby a York Rite Family may be deemed “successful”, it is known in its community: have meaningful programs for its members; and does ritual well – will take some work.

We need to create a culture, leaders who are energetic and enthusiastic, leaders who are inspired to lead, setting goals and objectives, daring to make a difference. Companion and Sir Knight Richard E. Thornton

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Brethren: each of you make Masonry Great!!! Masonry is made great by Brothers like YOU! May we be inspired by the example of our Illustrious Companions, so that we may share our talents and gifs with all of our companions. Illustrious Edgar first had the thought or idea to do a great work. That idea was then weaved into a vision. The vision was realized through the labors of the Sword and Trowel Council. On Saturday July 30th, I had the great pleasure of working with the companions of Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 (at the time under dispensation,) together with California Council No. 2 and Oakland Council No. 12 in conferring both the Royal and Select Master Degrees at the Masonic Homes. A great highlight for our five candidates was that the Royal Master Degree was conferred at the Masonic Homes, “Outdoors”. The weather was perfect, making an ideal day to encourage members to attend and bring candidates. After the Royal Master Degree we reassembled in the lodge room and conferred the Select Master Degree. It was a great day of 1st’s. To my knowledge this was the 1st time the Royal Master Degree had been conferred outdoors and more importantly, this was the 1st time Sword and Trowel Council had conferred degrees. Way to go companions! Fraternally, Mark Harris – Assistant Director of Ritual

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Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, William E. Price, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California (650) 759-1120 © Grand Recorder: Ken Hope 11428 East Artesia Blvd, Suite 13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) Website: Grand York Rite of California Note: Hyperlinks or links to other pages or web sites are prevalent throughout the document. Please notice the reference “Sword and Trowel; if you run your mouse over these names you will see “Ctrl + Click to follow link”. These are valid links to York Rite information.

Have you gone to our Grand Council website lately? www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org/ Do you know that there you can find rosters of officers, forms that you need, and a complete copy of the Officers Guide. The Officers guide helps you plan and know what is expected you.

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Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers We are here to assist you, please call upon us.

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Most Illustrious Companion William E. Price, KYGCH, Grand Master Cryptic Masons & Janet California Council No. 2 C.M.

DEPUTY GRAND MASTER Lee P. Whelan & Teresa Riverside Council No. 59 Cryptic Masons GRAND TREASURER Robert A. L. Whitfield, MIPGM & Genie Oakland Council No. 12 Cryptic Masons

GRAND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE WORK William S. Dann & Anne Pacific Council No. 37 Cryptic Masons GRAND RECORDER Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM & Sonny Shekinah Council No. 35 Cryptic Masons

GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL David L. Chesebro, MIPGM & Sarah San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Cryptic Masons GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Morris H. Moriuchi California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Andrew B. Pippin Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD Eduardo Estrada & Natasha Omega Council No. 11 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL Robert A. Morrison & Pauline Butte Council No. 50 Cryptic Masons

GRAND STEWARD Peter G. Champion & Jan San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Cryptic Masons

GRAND SENTINEL Guy M. Chalmers Redwood Empire Council No. 46 Cryptic Masons

GRAND ORATOR Jordan T. Yelinek California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons GRAND MARSHAL (North) Joseph K. Dongo Sacramento Council No. 1 Cryptic Masons

GRAND MARSHAL (South) Casey M. Latham H. Edward Barr’s Oasis Council No. 64 Cryptic Masons

GRAND SOLOIST K. Mark Harris Oakland Council No. 12 Cryptic Masons

GRAND MUSICIAN Arthur H. Walton San Jose Council No. 20 Cryptic Masons

Grand Bible Bearer Antonio Cimarra, Jr. California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons

Grand Standard Bearer Michael T. Sherman Helix Council No. 258 Cryptic Masons

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Battalion & Belles The Battalion and Belles of the Grand Council have planned a nice and fun event for October 23. Battalion and Belles is a Council organization formed to provide support to our Most Illustrious Grand Master as he travels around the State on visitations, out of State to other Grand Sessions, and overall, be the spokesperson for the Cryptic Council in California. Even with a stipend from the Grand Council, he will spend more of his own money during his year on lodging, meals, transportation and communication. That’s where we come in. Your yearly dues of $10, your purchase of our custom medallions for $15, selling gift baskets, and actually "asking" for donations, comprises a fund that we present to the newly elected Most Illustrious Grand Master at a luncheon in Bakersfield during the Grand Sessions with our best wishes for a successful year. The really fun part of belonging to the Battalion and Belles are the dinner dances, ranch parties on a pear farm, roadhouse luncheons, banquets, and hanging out with some really good people to help other really good people. Purple People Persuasions Present Pretty Prominent Parties for Particular People. Find out more by contacting Most Illustrious Companion Martin McKeay, KYGCH, Past Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons, 707-763-7249. It's a rush of Purple Passion. Guy M. Chalmers President Battalion & Belles Grand Sentinel, Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California (See Bulletin – last page)

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